Cybersecurity 20/21: Vision of the Future


Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Time: 8:30am – 12:00 noon

All Washington Capital Area Chapter Members (as well as non-members) are Welcome!

Location: Virtual on GoToWebinar

The Washington Area Chapter of ICEAA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a virtual half day joint workshop and annual meeting featuring a series of invited speakers offering their perspective on a subject that is on the forefront of the media front page and decision makers’ minds – cybersecurity.

There appears to be an end in sight for most Covid-19 related restrictions, but we aren’t quite there yet. So while there may be some virtual meeting fatigue, we hope the longer, warmer, sunnier days along with the great speaker line up and awards presentation we’ve got scheduled, will motivate you to tune in to our virtual workshop


08:30: Welcome by Chapter President Mr. Remmie Arnold/Administrative Notes

08:45: Dr. John Dargan, Director of Systems Engineering & Standards, S&T Directorate, DHS
Privacy & Cybersecurity Requirements for DHS Acquisition Programs

09:30: Ms. Jandria Alexander, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

10:15: Mr. Mike Ryan, Deputy Cyber Security Officer (CSO), NRO
Cybersecurity: A History, The Basics, and a Practitioners Perspective

11:00: DC Chapter Board of Directors Report & DC Chapter Award Presentation

11:45: Ms. Megan Jones, ICEAA International
ICEAA International Update to Members

12:00: Closing Comments/Adjourn

Meet the Speakers

Dr. John Dargan

Dr. Dargan is a member of the Senior Executive Service and leads the Systems Engineering and Standards Division within the DHS Science & Technology Directorate Office of Science and Engineering. In his capacity as Chief of Systems Engineering and Standards, Dr. Dargan is responsible for supporting DHS Component acquisition programs to improve the efficiency of transforming customer requirements into operational capabilities by applying a disciplined, consistent approach for managing technical risk from concept definition to deployment. Additionally, Dr. Dargan has served multiple federal agencies over 30 years leading joint, coalition, and interagency teams and organizations in operations research, acquisition management, business development, cyber security, information technology, and systems engineering.

Prior to joining S&T, Dr. Dargan was a United States Air Force (USAF) officer assigned to various research and development, engineering, test, and acquisition duties where he directed major weapons, communications, and aircraft systems development. He served as Chief Engineer for a revolutionary smart-weapons system upgrade following Operation Desert Storm, and he later served as an Acquisition Category-1 Program Manager for an interagency, joint-service radar and communications system development. Dr. Dargan culminated his USAF career as Chief, Investment Programs Division, USAF Headquarters Congressional Budget Liaison, where he was the principal interface to congressional Appropriations and Budget Committees for flagship programs including the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter.

Dr. Dargan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University. He is DHS Level 3-certified in Systems Engineering and DHS Level 3-certified in Program Management. Moreover, he has been recognized through numerous DHS awards including the Under Secretary’s Award for Science and Technology and, most recently, the Secretary’s Award for Excellence. Dr. Dargan is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University providing course instruction in cyber security policy and compliance.

Jandria Alexander

As a cybersecurity leader focused on our Navy-Marine Corps clients and cross-market research and development, Jandria Alexander guides the implementation of innovative, technology solutions that drive transformational business growth. She is a subject matter expert on cybersecurity engineering and assessments, resilient platform and space systems, infrastructure, and multidomain mission systems.

A nationally recognized cybersecurity expert, Jandria has participated in several National Academy of Sciences studies related to cybersecurity research and new aviation technologies. In 2014, she was appointed by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the bipartisan Virginia Cyber Security Commission to expand the state’s economic footprint in cyber technology and protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats. She led the effort’s unmanned systems cybersecurity industry, government, and academia consortium.

Over the length of her career, Jandria has provided cybersecurity and digital transformation leadership, market strategy, and solution development for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community as well as many civil and commercial organizations. Prior to joining Booz Allen, she was a cybersecurity leader in engineering and technology at a federally funded research and development corporation.

Jandria holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brandeis University and a master’s degree in information systems from American University. She actively supports diversity and inclusion, and she currently serves as the chair of the American Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

Mike Ryan

 Mr. Michael Ryan is the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy Director of the NRO Cyber Security Office (CSO) leading a multi-functional civilian, military and contractor cybersecurity workforce. CSO is responsible for setting strategic direction for cybersecurity, designing and delivering enterprise security services, assessing risk and making authorization decisions for the agency’s IT portfolio, as well as designing and delivering cryptographic solutions for secure communications. Prior to the NRO, Mr. Ryan was the Deputy Director of the Information Technology Secure Operations Control Office for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in Springfield, Virginia. Mr. Ryan previously served as the Director of the Cybersecurity Operations Center at NGA, responsible for 24/7 defensive cybersecurity operations protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Geospatial-Intelligence data and systems worldwide. His preceding assignments included Division Chief for Cyber and Enterprise Management Operations and the Deputy Director of NGA’s Enterprise Service Center ensuring the optimum performance of NGA information technology services. He began his employment at NGA’s St. Louis, Missouri site in 2004, holding various operational and program management positions providing operations and sustainment oversight of NGA mission production systems.

Prior to NGA, Mr. Ryan spent 8 years as a communications officer in the US Air Force, managing the engineering, testing, and acquisition of advanced cybersecurity capabilities. He led the Air Force’s defensive cybersecurity operations team deploying, monitoring, and protecting US Central Command Air Forces information technology infrastructure in Southwest Asia. Mr. Ryan is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in engineering management from Southern Methodist University and was a 2019 National Security Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center.